Energy bills are becoming unpayable and businesses are still waiting for action from the government. Jonathan Mahy is a baker and pastry chef in Châtelet. He has worked for 18 years in the family business, opened by his grandfather in 1955.
He now manages 4 points of sale in addition to his workshop located in Châtelet. 4 people are employees, 6 are workers. He contacted us via the orange Alert us button on RTL INFO to explain that his energy bills had quintupled in one year. His electricity consumption, he can hardly reduce it and his bill has simply become unpayable.
The price of its energy multiplied by 5 in 1 year
In August 2021, Jonathan paid €110 per megawatt hour (unit of energy measurement, equivalent to a power of one megawatt acting for one hour, or 3.6 gigajoules), and the total displayed on his bill reached €2,670.
But in this month of August 2022, the pill is hard to swallow for Jonathan. The total amount claimed from him has been reached (with a megawatt hour displayed at €550).
He will ask for a payment plan to insure this bill of almost 9000€. He also asks for help from the various governments: “We are facing a wall that is very high and it seems impossible to overcome… HAS take it upon ourselves and hope it passes. What we are asking for above all is help from the government. Shouldn’t we be brought in in an emergency? Otherwise we’re going to have tragedies, that’s for sure”, he begs.
According to this food sector professional, winter is going to be difficult for bakers: “I talk to a lot of colleagues who think they won’t make it through the winter and who plan to stop at some point. We are going to get into a spiral where we risk having bailiffs at some point to claim bills, and lose a whole life that we have built.“
How can these prices be passed on to customers?
But then how to get out of it? What solutions can he consider? The problem is that he can hardly do without his fridges or his ovens. Added to this increase in energy is that of raw materials. Jonathan doesn’t dare pass on the price to his products. But he estimates that a square loaf of 800 grams sold today for €2.90 should also practically double in price. But it is unthinkable for customers to pay such a price. “All bakers today should sell this bread for between €4.5 and €5, but wheren cannot “murder” people at exorbitant costs.“